Cargo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Cargo family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the lands of Cargill in east Perthshire where the family at one time had extensive territories.
Early Origins of the Cargo family
The surname Cargo was first found in East Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. Cargill is a parish containing, with the villages of Burreltown, Wolfhill, and Woodside.
"This place, of which the name, of Celtic origin, signifies a village with a church, originally formed a portion of the parish of Cupar-Angus, from which, according to ancient records, it was separated prior to the year 1514." 
Some of the first records of the family include Walter de Kergyl who witnessed a quitclaim of the land of Drumkerauch in 1260, Bernard de Kergylle who received a gift of the lands of Leisington from William de Munificheth in 1283, and Iwyn de Garghille of the county of Strivelyn and Wauter de Kergille of the county of Perth who rendered homage in 1296 to King Edward I of England. Bernard de Kergylle had a confirmation charter of the lands of Culmelly and of Ald Culmelly in the barony of Cusseny (Cushnie) in 1374 and William de Kergill was granted a charter in favor of the Friars Preachers of Aberdeen in 1401. Symon Cargyl held part of Kethyk in 1457 and was tenant of Park of Newbyggyn, 1473. 
Further to the south in England, Cowgill is an ecclesiastical district, in the parochial chapelry of Dent, parish and union of Sedbergh in the West Riding of Yorkshire. 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes de Colgyll and Alicia de Colgyll as holding lands there at that time. 
In 1481 a letter of denisation was issued to John Kergyll, clerk, a Scotsman living in Kent. 
Early History of the Cargo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cargo research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1457, 1681, 1685, 1497, 1498, 1580, 1585, 1681, 1859, 1619, 1681, 1638, 1643, 1681 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Cargo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cargo Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Cargo include Cargill, Cargille, Carnigill, Cargile, Kergylle, Cargyle, Carrigle, McGirl and many more.
Early Notables of the Cargo family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Donald Cargill (1619-1681), a Scottish Covenanter from Rattray, Blairgowrie who worked to uphold the principles of the National Covenant of 1638 and Solemn League and Covenant of 1643. He was sentenced to...
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In the United States, the name Cargo is the 16,599th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Cargo family to Ireland
Some of the Cargo family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cargo migration to the United States +
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Cargo:
Cargo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- David Cargo, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1826 
- Domingo Cargo, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1830 
- James Cargo, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1837 
- John R Cargo, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 
Contemporary Notables of the name Cargo (post 1700) +
- David Francis Cargo (1929-2013), American politician, 22nd Governor of New Mexico (1967-1971)
- William Ira Cargo (1917-2005), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, 1973-76 
- David Francis Cargo (1929-2013), American Republican politician, Member of New Mexico State House of Representatives, 1963-67; Governor of New Mexico, 1967-71 
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The Cargo Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Domino confido
Motto Translation: Confide in the Lord.
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